An architectural window film is basically any type of PET window film that is installed over an existing window’s surface to improve its look, its performance or both. While there are many types of architectural window films, they all typically consist of the same makeup. One side of the film has an adhesive that attaches to the glass surface of the window, while the other side features a scratch-resistant coating to safeguard the film.
There are many different types of window films, and each is intended to serve different purposes. We’ll take a closer look at some of these window films and the roles they play in the next section.
Benefits of Architectural Window Film
Being that architectural window films are intended to serve different purposes, their benefits are largely dictated on what they’re designed to do. For instance:
- Solar window films are designed to reduce heat buildup (thereby conserving energy), reduce glare and minimize the impact of the sun’s UV rays on interior furnishings.
- Impact-resistant films are designed to withstand more additional force than conventional glass and better contain glass shards should a window break. This can help minimize injury potential and add an extra layer of security to a building.
- Decorative films are intended to complement any facility’s décor. These films come in all different styles and
colors,and can help create ambiance while also offering conference rooms and exterior-facing offices more privacy. If you're going for an etched glass look, for example, purchasing a window film to portray this is often much more affordable than the actual thing.
- RF (radio frequency) and IR (infrared radiation) window films help a company protect classified or confidential data from potentially being accessed by wrongdoers from outside of a facility. RF films weaken or completely deaden RF emissions from applicable devices, while IR films do the same with IR emissions from certain devices.
Where are Architectural Window Films Installed?
Architectural window films can technically be installed on any window in any home, building or vehicle. For instance, a company may worry about data theft and have RF window films installed. Businesses worried about privacy can have decorative films installed on exterior windows to block out curious onlookers. A car owner may even want solar film installed in their vehicle to minimize sun damage to the interior as well as glare while driving. A company located in an area prone to natural disasters might be interested in impact-resistant films. There are many reasons why a home, office or car owner may be interested in having architectural window films installed.
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